Dear Players, Parents & Coaches;

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Face-Off Development Day in Los Angeles, CA. The clinic will take place at Culver City High School on TBA

Face-off training will be led by Coaches Joe Nardella and Michael Marino. Coach Nardella is the current Faceoff Specialist for the PLL Whipsnakes and a transition Midfielder for the New England Black Wolves in the NLL. Joe has made a name for himself in the Premier Lacrosse League ranking top 2 in FO percentage, first in ground balls, and first in all scoring categories. Coach Nardella was a standout at Rutgers University where he was named an All-American, an Academic All-American, Big Ten Specialist of the Year, 3x All Conference, and ranked top 5 in the nation in FO win % 3 years in a row. Coach Nardella is a 2X MLL All-Star and has solidified himself as a top 3 FO specialist in the world. Lastly, Joe notched 4 years of collegiate coaching experience serving as an Assistant at Harvard University.

Coach Marino has recently graduated from Colorado Mesa University where he was a four year starter and scholarship athlete for CMU. Throughout his career as a Maverick at Colorado Mesa, Michael earned accolades such as MVP of the 2017 RMAC Conference Tournament, 3X First Team All RMAC, and 3X All Tournament Team for the RMAC. During his sophomore and junior season at Mesa, Coach Marino notched himself as a top FO Specialist. His senior year he placed in the top 15 in FO % for Division II.  Michael holds the record at Colorado Mesa University for most ground balls (387) and ground balls per game (5.45). Coach Marino ended his career with a percentage of 62.4% (779-1245) and 14 goals. Coach Marino has been both a student and staff member of Faceoff Factory since the start.

Our FOF Development Day includes:

  • FOF warmup that couples fundamental faceoff skills with anticipation tactics, focus work, and competitive based hand speed exercises. 
  • Training will consist of a heavy focus on fundamental efficiency of clamping the ball, refining technical aspects of the faceoff following our clamp, advanced moves/strategies at the X, counter moves, proper footwork/body positioning, and discussions on wing play.
  • Drilling will be competition based and take place in small groups (sorted by age and ability).
  • Live repetition in the form of pre-tournament seeding signature and a double elimination competition. We will be filming the players during their live competition reps. Players will be able to view both instruction from the session and their live repetition on our youtube channel. 

FOF All-Access: The goal of All-Access is offer students a more in depth learning experience. We strive to challenge students to master core fundamentals, advanced moves and techniques, tie-up strategy, and situational IQ. All-Access will take place 1 hour after the Development Day with Coaches Nardella and Marino. All-Access will be limited to 14 players and will feature small competition-based drills, immediate film analysis, and live repetition with our staff.

Why Faceoff Factory?

At Faceoff Factory, our main focus is to ensure that each of our students leave having learned someone and enjoyed their time with us. Over the course of 5 years, we have studied, tested, and developed the best possible curriculum to ensure we are preparing each and every student for success at the x. Our training has proven to establish proper fundamentals faceoff technique that will ensure immediate and prolonged success at the faceoff position.

Coaches: (Free of charge) - Our clinics are always open to coaches, free of charge. We allow coaches to take notes, record video, and ask questions during/following the event. This is a great way for coaches to get right in on the action, learn from the staff, reinforce what their players learn, and further educate themselves.

Cost: $99.00 or $140.00 (All-Access)

Address: Culver City HS

4724 Saint Nicholas Ave
Culver City, CA  90230


Please direct any questions to James Angelicola (Director of Operations) at 315-256-6106 or

Thanks and best regards,

Faceoff Factory



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